Cook dismisses his estranged wife s testimony as his lawyer cross-examines her on the stand

By Kathy Ehrich Dowd and Sharon Cotliar
Updated July 03, 2008 02:20 PM

The war of words between Christie Brinkley and her estranged husband Peter Cook has gotten as ugly as a certain famous ogre.

When asked what he thought of his estranged wife Christie Brinkley s teary testimony in their bitter divorce trial on Thursday morning, Cook quipped to PEOPLE, “Shrek was more believable than that.”

Cook’s lawyer Norman Sheresky was also dismissive of Brinkley’s testimony. “I think her performance was a performance,” Sheresky said during the trial’s lunch break. “She’s a good actress. It’s been two years. She should be past this by now.”

In response to Cook’s comment, Brinkley’s attorney Robert Stephan Cohen told PEOPLE, “For him to have made that statement is among the most outrageous things I have heard from anybody in the 40 years I have been doing this. He should be ashamed of himself.”

Brinkley exited the courtroom flanked by longtime pals Jill Rappaport and Mindy Moak before returning for cross-examination.

Stay tuned for more on the Brinkley, Cook trial…